A Unicorn for Christmas parents guide

A Unicorn for Christmas Parent Guide

Believing is seeing.

Overall B-

Amazon Prime: Izzy is not happy about her family moving out of the big city to a small farm. That is, until she meets a pony named Snowflake who Izzy believes to be a unicorn. (Available on Roku or CTV in Canada.)

Release date December 3, 2022

Violence A
Sexual Content A
Profanity A
Substance Use A

Why is A Unicorn for Christmas rated PG? The MPAA rated A Unicorn for Christmas PG

Run Time: 87 minutes

Parent Movie Review

Izzy (Abby James Witherspoon) loves unicorns. She’s even a member of the Unicorn Universe Club, based on her favorite TV show. But even optimistic Izzy is feeling down when her family makes a big move to a farm in another state, taking her away from her friends, her school, and her city.

Adjusting to farm life is hard, until Izzy meets Snowflake, a rescued unicorn. The adults can’t see Snowflake’s horn and believe she is just a pony, but Izzy soon learns that some of the other local children can recognize her true identity too. With her firm belief in unicorns and magic, Izzy will do whatever she can to protect Snowflake from a greedy carnival owner who wants to exploit her magic for profit.

I have about as much to say as this movie does, which isn’t much. If you watch the trailer, you know exactly what you’re getting; a low budget, badly written, horribly acted, unoriginal but vaguely Christmassy story. That’s all there is to it. There isn’t even a strong message to speak of, aside from some general ideas around believing in magic, which is not exactly at the top of my list of life lessons to impart on children. The story is sweet enough, but it’s held back by clichéd dialog and slow pacing, which makes it a slog to get through, even with the short runtime.

On the bright side, there is zero objectionable content in this production, making it safe for all audiences. But that’s not reason enough to watch it. There are lots of far better movies out there with minimal content concerns. It’s too cringy for teens and adults, but too boring for young children. The only people I could see enjoying this film are children who are really into unicorns, but even they might start to notice the clunky dialog and awful acting when the unicorn isn’t on screen. A Unicorn for Christmas is far from the worst thing I’ve ever seen, but I wouldn’t say it’s good. For a movie about magic, it really is missing some.

Directed by Stacia Crawford. Starring Charlene Tilton, Sunny Mabrey, Abby James Witherspoon. Running time: 87 minutes. Theatrical release December 3, 2022. Updated

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A Unicorn for Christmas
Rating & Content Info

Why is A Unicorn for Christmas rated PG? A Unicorn for Christmas is rated PG by the MPAA

Violence: None.
Sexual Content: None.
Profanity: Some mild insults like “jerk” and “bonehead”.
Alcohol / Drug Use: None.

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A Unicorn for Christmas Parents' Guide

How does Max and Izzy’s relationship change over the course of the movie? How does Max change as he learns to believe in himself and Izzy?

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Older elementary school aged kids who are fascinated with unicorns will definitely want to get their hands on The Magical Unicorn Society Official Boxed Set: The Official Handbook and A Brief History of Unicorns. Lavishly illustrated, this is a book for unicorn fans to delve into.

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